A WEEKS IS A LONG TIME……
Just ask Port District coach Simon Maddern who watched his team go from chocolate to boiled lollies in the space of 7 days. Having defeated reigning Premiers Rostrevor, it was expected that the trip to Max Amber Reserve against 9th placed Athelstone should produce another win.
The Raggies had other ideas and shot out the blocks with the first 5 goals of the game. 3 of these were off the boot of Christian Elliott. Port would get within 2 points during the last quarter but Athelstone would ultimately get over the line by 13 points. Best for the winners was Aaron Stewart whilst Matthew Leigh kicking 4 in his first game had significant impact. Best for Port was Jordan Mckinnon.
Rostrevor have bounced back with a vengeance courtesy of a 148-point flogging of Modbury. The man they call “Hooter” or “Hungry” Heath Commane slotted 11 majors in a BOG display. He wasn’t alone though as the ROCS had 12 different goal kickers. In just his second game of the year Craig Fogden was best for the battling Hawks whilst Matthew Gibson chimed in with 3 and continues to play consistent footy having kicked 20 for the year.
It’s not rocket science but logic that suggests this year’s grand final will be contested by Rostrevor and someone.
If that GF is to be a replay of last year’s big dance PNU will need to keep scrapping together wins like their 15-point victory over Uni on Saturday. A dour game resulted in just 12 goals for the day. For the Falcons best was the man with the name that often leads to Freudian slips Pierce Seymour. In an interesting piece of grammatical irony they unearthed a rookie – Kristian Roocke on the weekend. The former Norwood Premiership Player is a handy inclusion and showed good signs on debut.
Adelaide Uni’s loss was through no fault of Simon Sharley but after back to back losses they will be keen to arrest the slide after the break.
Goodwood made their way back into the 5 on the back of a 7-goal win over PAOC. Scott Oakley was the star whilst Myles Crump hit the score board with 4 majors. Samuel Buckham in his first senior game for the year was one of few shining lights for the Reds on a tough day.
TTG might be the team to challenge the ROCS as shown with a good 5 goal win over Henley. Shaun Mcwaters had his best game for the club whilst Troy Menzel again did damage in front the big sticks with 4. For the Sharks it was Corey Gray who stood out.
Editorial: Tommy Javor